The build up to Christmas officially started in our house this week as we hung out our wreath and put the rest of the decorations up too. These are definitely two of my favourite things about Christmas so it seems a good time to write a post based on the Instagram tag that Lucy from Lucy At Home kindly included me in.
In no particularly order then I love:
1) seeing all the wreaths and garlands on the doors in the neighbourhood. The decorations and twinkly lights certainly bring some joy and cheeriness to the cold and dark mornings and afternoons.
2) putting all the decorations up as a family. There is something magical about watching the children’s excitement at hanging decorations on a tree….
3) …whilst listening to some Christmas songs! The Michael Bublé Christmas album is a firm favourite in our house.
4) Warm mince pies with brandy butter & talking of food…
5) …the traditional Christmas dinner is delicious but I think I love the turkey rolls with cranberry sauce, stuffing and bread sauce for tea even more! I will try and do some ‘mindful eating‘ on Christmas Day this year and am very grateful to my hubby who always does the lion’s share of the cooking.
6) Pulling Christmas crackers and wearing the paper hat throughout the afternoon on Christmas Day – I’m always the last to take it off!
7) Watching the donkey procession that happens on Christmas Eve near us and singing carols around the church on the heath afterwards.
8) Snuggling on the sofa in front of the fire and watching some Christmas TV. We love ‘Strictly’ in our house and so of course watch the special on Christmas Day.
9) Going to the local pub to see friends for some festive fun and fizz. The kids love seeing their friends there too.
10) And last but not least…. Spending time together as a family and being present by taking a break from social media and having a bit of at ‘digital detox‘ in general. In fact having a break in general with no schoolwork and lots of game playing :-).
Writing this list has really given me a boost after a busy, and somewhat stressful, week. With our in-built negativity bias it’s all too easy to get sucked into the less joyful aspects of the festive season. If we’re not careful we start to feel overwhelmed, stressed, a little bit bah-humbug and scrooge-like so it’s good to remind ourselves of the lovely aspects of Christmas too.
lf you have a go at a list like this I’d love to know what is included.
Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas.